Rep. Richard Baker

Former Representative from Louisiana’s 6th District, Republican

Baker, a Republican, was the representative for Louisiana's 6th congressional district from 1987 to 2008.

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Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Baker sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Baker is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Baker was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Baker sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Commerce (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Law (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (11%) Emergency Management (9%) Labor and Employment (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Baker’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Baker’s Vote Vote Description
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Yea H.R. 3246 (110th): Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007
Oct 4, 2007. Passed 264/154.
Yea H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
Not Voting H.R. 1908 (110th): Patent Reform Act of 2007
Sep 7, 2007. Passed 220/175.
Nay H.R. 556 (110th): Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007
Jul 11, 2007. Passed 370/45.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.
Nay H.R. 2317 (110th): Lobbying Transparency Act of 2007
May 24, 2007. Passed 382/37.
Aye H.R. 1361 (110th): RECOVER Act
Apr 18, 2007. Passed 267/158.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Jan 2008, Baker missed 693 of 12,283 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. This is much worse than the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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